Reginald L. Goodwin's Posts (2426)

Grand Old Psychos-Truthout repost

I  used to love Republican politics. I have always admired the Republican primary process for the way its leaders and frontrunners, unlike the Democratic primary candidates, seem to draw energy, support and money by being less politically correct than the next guy. It's a damn-the-torpedoes attitude that has all but disappeared from our sanitized and boring political language. The more passionate and less socially acceptable a candidate becomes outside of their party, the stronger they become inside the base.It's an adherence to stroking the personalities of your faithful and not acknowledging the values of the outside that interests me so.

It's the American Way and probably why our politics skews rightward. The more passionate they are, though damaging to general election candidates, the more regarded they become within the right. Liberals are the opposite. The more politically correct, middle of the road, grounded and normal, the more support they garner. We want our candidates to be accepting, motherly figures who will console and hopefully (mostly in vain) bring the fickle moderates into the fold. I have envied the Republicans their brilliant and at the same time profoundly ignorant brand and execution. However, over the last several years, Republican political rhetoric has mutated into a kind of trickle-down insanity that has more and more translated itself in random acts of violence.

See more at: Grand Old Psychos, Steve King, Truthout

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The Don

© 5 February 2012, the Griot Poet

He was “The Don”…Cornelius, who actually got along with “the blacks” since he was one!

“Diamond in the back, sunroof top, digging the scene with a gangster lean…”

And we like Sly and the Family Stone “Thanked him for letting us be ourselves” again and again as we ran downstairs, to neighbors’ homes with rabbit ear antennas for the best reception (back when we had three dial channels, UHF and LOW DEF snow)…

James Brown was our “Pappa who didn’t take no mess” as we formed our own Soul Train lines, we “said it loud, we were black…and proud.” Like Niecy, “we just wanted to be free” like “black butterflies” high in the sky of our cultural contentment.

Barry White maestro was responsible for more babies delivered than any singer in history (said it himself), and Marvin could have us sexing, rocking and thinking in one performance set.

“The Don” was photographed with Martin Luther King, but did his thing as the antithesis of American Bandstand,  we danced and sweated, learning the latest steps from TSOP – the sounds of Philly, suitable situated in the city of brotherly love…we’d lost our Medgar, Malcolm and King.

So we needed music and movement that reaffirmed our black selves in a harsh world that defined us well in step-in-fetch tragi-comedic caricatures of the kings and queens he treated us as. The Harlem Renaissance was as distant a cultural memory as New York from North Carolina, or Chi Town from California.

Yet, we were one culture every Saturday, “One Nation under a Groove” coast-to-coast, one language, one tribe before Babel, before network cable business suits confounded our language with market-based bywords and epithets.

We were afros and bell bottoms, cornrows and dashikis, hot pants and tied off and/or tube tops: we strutted like we were stars on red carpets after Sidney Poitier and before Denzel (Washington), Holly (Berry) and Jamie (Foxx)…

The Don “was a bad mother…shut yo mouth!”

I’m just talking about Don Cornelius,

Who on his passing I can only wish him finally:

“Come on and get with us next week on this same station, and you can bet your last money, it’s all going to be a stone gas, honey.”

In (sadly) parting, I wish you, Don “love, peace…and SOUL!”

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Diaspora, 3 February 2012

Colonel Guion S. Bluford, Jr., USAF Astronaut (Ret)

 

It's up to US to share stories about ourselves other than as athletes and entertainers. I have no problems paying money to watch them, but the scientists, engineers and speculative fiction writers are what "makes the world go around," and our kids need to see themselves in these needed roles.

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Diaspora, 2 February 2012

James R. Andrade, PhD is fascinated by people. He doesn't just watch them, he methodically studies them to understand why they do what they do and, especially, why they eat what they eat. As senior director of research for Kraft Foods North America, Dr. Andrade helps develop the next generation of food products that nurture us, satisfy us, and even entertain us.

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Repost and Commentary...

Newsone - African American Scientists

Below is a repost for the month of February and related embed...I will follow up each day with posts appropriate for the month and respect to history and contributions of minorities in science and engineering. Though the link pertains to medical students and the bias African American researchers encounter with grants, two quotes are instructive:
 

Newsone: “While the results of the current study are disheartening, this study will likely have positive impacts on future PhDs and MD/PhDs,” he says.

“Some members of the scientific community are aware of the issues associated with racial and ethnic diversity, [but] others are likely completely unaware of the intrinsic biases in the system,” Beck adds. “Improvement is impossible without quantifiable outcomes.”

Toliver says the first step is for the NIH to ethnically diversify its review committees to increase the chances of fairness.”

TheGrio: In exchange, we have to work on our end and start pushing our students who are interested in science for even higher goals. It is not enough to earn the bachelor's or the master's or even the doctorate. They need mentors to help mold them into stellar scientists, while preparing them for the biases they may face.

 

Physics4thecool: Einstein, Darwin and the 21st Century

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Heliophysics and Apocalypse...

I am not debating Revelation: this post primarily is to fight ignorance, especially this being "2012" of thriller movie fame.

Honestly, when I say that ancient people had as much fear of the winter solstice as they did a lunar eclipse, when I say that maybe the Mayan people, for whatever reason, stopped making calendars, I get the "how do YOUknow?" as if I'm not "supposed" to. I then tell them to solve the followng problem, then get back with me:

 

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